September 24, 1980|
Takoma Park, Maryland, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||67 in (170 cm)|
|Style||Freestyle Wrestling, Kickboxing|
|Fighting out of||Gaffney,SC, U.S.|
|Wrestling||Olympian Freestyle Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
University of Minnesota Morris
|Notable school(s)||McDowell High School|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Sara McMann (born September 24, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist and former Olympic wrestler. She is the first American woman in history to receive a silver medal in Olympic wrestling, which she won at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. She wrestled in the Women's Freestyle 63 kg or 138.75 lb weight class. McMann won silver medal in the 2003 world championships and a bronze medal in the 2005 and 2007 world championships. She started wrestling at the age of 14 in Marion, North Carolina at McDowell High School.
McMann was ranked in 2014 as the No. 12 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com. McMann is currently ranked as the No. 10 bantamweight female fighter according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings. As of July 26, 2018, she is #8 in the official UFC bantamweight rankings.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 World/Olympic Championships Matches
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
McMann's parents are Paula Jean and Thomas William McMann. She has one sister, Nickolina, and had one brother, Jason. Jason, who wrestled at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland, was murdered January 23, 1999 at the age of 21.
McMann attended McDowell High School in Marion, North Carolina where she was coached by Timothy Hutchins. In addition to wrestling, she participated in theatre productions. She earned a degree in Theatre at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the school's wrestling team under the coaching of Carl Poff from 1999 to 2003. She previously attended University of Minnesota Morris from 1998 to 1999, where she was coached by Doug Reese.
McMann does volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity, a Christian housing ministry. She traveled to Sri Lanka with Olympic teammates to help victims of the tsunami rebuild homes for those displaced by the tidal wave. She also helps with youth clubs and speaks to upcoming girls and boys about wrestling.
On September 3, 2004, while driving her Jeep in Colorado on the way to Iowa with her fiance, former ASU three-time NCAA All-American wrestler Steven Blackford as her passenger, the vehicle ran off the road and rolled over. He was ejected from the vehicle, and died at the scene. McMann was hospitalized with a broken arm and minor injuries, and later charged with careless driving.
On May 30, 2018, McMann announced on social media that she is pregnant and has put her mixed martial arts career on hold.
Mixed martial arts career
McMann announced in late 2010 that she had signed a three-fight contract with Strikeforce. She planned to fight at 135 pounds. However, she did not sign on with the promotion due to an extension clause in the contract.
She then had more fights fall apart after opponents backed out, including a scheduled April 30, 2011 fight against Mariah Johnson.
On May 28, 2011, McMann made her pro MMA debut at Universal Cage Combat: Revolution. She defeated Christina Marks by submission in the first round.
McMann faced fellow Olympian Julie Malenfant at Blackeye Promotions 4 on June 17, 2011. McMann defeated Malenfant by TKO early in the first round.
After ProElite reincarnated under new management, McMann faced Raquel Pa'aluhi on the promotion's first event post-EliteXC at ProElite 1: Arlovski vs. Lopez on August 27, 2011. She defeated Pa'aluhi by submission due to an americana in the third round.
Invicta Fighting Championships
On April 28, it was announced that McMann would face Shayna Baszler in the main event of Invicta Fighting Championships 2. The event took place on July 28, 2012. McMann defeated Baszler via unanimous decision and the bout was named fight of the night. The bout was a title eliminator, with the winner scheduled to face the winner of Alexis Davis vs. Hitomi Akano.
On September 4, 2012, it was announced McMann had signed with Strikeforce. She was expected to debut at Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir against former bantamweight title challenger Liz Carmouche, but the event was cancelled.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In February 2013, McMann officially joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). It was rumored she turned down a fight with then-title holder Ronda Rousey. However, this was false information and no such fight was offered or even presented to McMann at the time. She became the third female to earn a victory in the UFC by defeating Sheila Gaff at UFC 159.
McMann was slated to face former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27. However, McMann withdrew from the bout for, at the time, undisclosed personal reasons. In January 2015, she disclosed that the reason for withdrawing was due to her father battling aggressive lymphoma.
McMann faced Ronda Rousey for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship at UFC 170. She lost the fight by TKO after getting knocked down with a knee to the body. This stoppage created controversy, with many sports writers and attendants finding it premature.
McMann was expected to face Liz Carmouche at UFC Fight Night 105, on February 19, 2017. However, Carmouche was forced to pull out of the fight due to injury and will be replaced by newcomer Gina Mazany. McMann won the fight via submission early in the first round.
McMann was originally expected to face Ketlen Vieira at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017. However, the fight was moved to UFC 215. She lost the bout via arm-triangle choke submission in the second round.
World/Olympic Championships Matches
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Invicta Fighting Championships
- Fight of the Night (One time)
- Women's MMA Awards
- 2011 Mighty Mia Inspirational Fighter of the Year
- ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
- 2011 North American Championships Silver Medalist
- International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles
- 2009 FILA Grappling World Championships Senior Women's No-Gi Gold Medalist
- USA Wrestling
- FILA World Team Trials Senior Women's No-Gi 3rd Place (2009)
- North American Grappling Association
- 2014 North American Championships Women's No-Gi Gold Medalist
- 2011 North Carolina Championships Women's No-Gi Gold Medalist
- 2010 Southeast Championships Women's No-Gi Gold Medalist
- 2009 Southeast Championships Women's No-Gi Gold Medalist
- International Olympic Committee
- International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles
- 2009 Sunkist Kids International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2007 NYAC Holiday International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Silver Medalist
- 2007 Sunkist Kids International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2007 FILA Wrestling World Championships Senior Women's Freestyle Bronze Medalist
- 2007 Warsaw Cup Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2007 Pan American Games Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2007 World Cup Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2007 Klippan Lady's Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2007 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Silver Medalist
- 2006 World Cup Senior Women's Freestyle Bronze Medalist
- 2005 FILA Wrestling World Championships Senior Women's Freestyle Bronze Medalist
- 2004 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Bronze Medalist
- 2004 Manitoba Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2004 FILA Olympic Test Tournament Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2003 NYAC Christmas International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2003 Women's Championship Cup of Wrestling Senior Women's Freestyle Silver Medalist
- 2003 Sunkist Kids International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2003 World Cup Senior Women's Freestyle Silver Medalist
- 2003 FILA Wrestling World Championships Senior Women's Freestyle Silver Medalist
- 2003 Pan American Games Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2003 Klippan Lady's Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2003 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2002 Henri Deglane Challenge Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2002 Yarygin Memorial International Senior Women's Freestyle Silver Medalist
- 2002 Klippan Lady's Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2001 Sunkist Kids International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2001 Pan American Championships Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2001 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2001 Manitoba Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2000 Clansman International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2000 Sunkist Kids International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2000 Pan American Championships Senior Women's Freestyle Silver Medalist
- 2000 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- USA Wrestling
- USA Senior Women's Freestyle Olympic Team Trials Winner (2004)
- USA Senior Women's Freestyle Olympic Team Trials Runner-up (2008)
- FILA Senior Women's Freestyle World Team Trials Winner (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007)
- FILA Junior Women's Freestyle World Team Trials Winner (1999, 2000)
- USA Senior Women's Freestyle National Championship (2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007)
- USA Senior Women's Freestyle National Championship Runner-up (2004, 2008)
- USA University Women's Freestyle National Championship (2002)
- USA University Women's Freestyle National Championship Runner-up (1998)
- Northern Plains Senior Women's Freestyle Regional Championship (2008)
- 2010 ASICS U.S. Open Wrestling Championships Senior Women's Freestyle Silver Medalist
- 2006 Missouri Valley Showcase Senior Women's Freestyle Gold Medalist
- United States Girls' Wrestling Association
- USGWA High School National Championship (1998)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||11 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||11–5||Marion Reneau||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens||February 24, 2018||2||3:40||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Loss||11–4||Ketlen Vieira||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC 215||September 9, 2017||2||4:16||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||11–3||Gina Mazany||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne||February 19, 2017||1||1:14||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada||Catchweight (139.5 lbs) bout; Mazany missed weight.|
|Win||10–3||Alexis Davis||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale||December 3, 2016||2||2:52||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||9–3||Jessica Eye||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs. Garbrandt||May 29, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||8–3||Amanda Nunes||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux||August 8, 2015||1||2:53||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||8–2||Miesha Tate||Decision (majority)||UFC 183||January 31, 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–1||Lauren Murphy||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux||August 16, 2014||3||5:00||Bangor, Maine, United States|
|Loss||7–1||Ronda Rousey||TKO (knee to the body)||UFC 170||February 22, 2014||1||1:06||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||7–0||Sheila Gaff||TKO (punches)||UFC 159||April 27, 2013||1||4:06||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||6–0||Shayna Baszler||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann||July 28, 2012||3||5:00||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||Invicta FC Bantamweight title eliminator. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||5–0||Hitomi Akano||Decision (unanimous)||ProElite 3: Da Spyder vs. Minowaman||January 21, 2012||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||4–0||Raquel Pa'aluhi||Submission (americana)||ProElite 1: Arlovski vs. Lopez||August 27, 2011||3||2:53||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||3–0||Tonya Evinger||Decision (unanimous)||Titan Fighting Championships 19||July 29, 2011||3||5:00||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.|
|Win||2–0||Julie Malenfant||Submission (punches)||BlackEye Promotions 4||June 17, 2011||1||0:32||Fletcher, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||1–0||Christina Marks||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Universal Cage Combat: Revolution||May 28, 2011||1||1:41||Lawrenceburg, Indiana, United States|
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- Trent Goodale
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